Emergency Watershed Protection Program - Floodplain Easement - Arkansas and Petite Jean River Floodplains
Estimated Cost: $869,291
This easement includes 606.88 acres that lie on the Arkansas and Petite Jean Rivers. Of the 606.88 acres, 250 acres have been farmed in recent years. During times of high water, 500 acres of the area are inundated with floodwater. 200 acres of the application are currently in CRP and have had bottomland hardwood trees or moist soil areas established on them. Flood damage on this site includes scouring, sedimentation and flooded crops.
Proposed restoration includes the establishment of native bottomland hardwood trees, installation of levees and water control structures. This restoration is estimated to cost $269,609 or $448 per acre.
By restoring the natural vegetation of this application, soil erosion caused by flooding will be reduced. This will benefit the endangered Pallid Sturgeon which is found in the surrounding portion of the Arkansas River.
The property is adjacent to Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, a 7,000 acre area intensively managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
Approximately 200 acres of regularly flooded cropland will be retired from production by utilizing funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This will result in the reduction of 200 acres of commodity and disaster payments.
Option Agreement to Purchase signed Sept. 5, 2009
Easement funds were obligated Sept. 5, 2009.
Closed on August 5, 2010.
Restoration funds obligated by September 22, 2010.